An eating disorder is a collective name for eating disorders such as:
eating disorder (BED)
eating disorder Not otherwise specified (NAO)
pica eating disorder
Causes eating disorders
The diagnosis of eating disorder can only be made by a specialized care provider after an examination and various conversations. In those conversations, the counselor tries to find out the causes of eating disorders. There is never one clear cause. It is a combination of factors.
Causes eating disorders:
Construction; ‘It runs in the family’. If eating disorders occur in the family, then other family members are also ‘more susceptible’ to it.
Traumatic events. The outbreak of own relationship or divorce parents, sexual abuse, bullying at school, have experienced or seen a serious accident. Eating gives a good feeling so that the trauma is temporarily pushed into the background.
Puberty. This is a period in which the body changes and someone can be unsure about that.
Low self-esteem, disturbed self-image. The pursuit of an ideal image or one’s self-esteem depends on the appearance and can contribute to the development of an eating disorder.
Wrong examples. Models can serve as an example for others. If the models are very thin, the idea may arise that this is the norm. And others want to pursue that standard by, for example, going to diet, while having a healthy weight.
Overweight due to physical aptitude. Because of that overweight you go lines which creates a greater chance of developing an eating disorder. Often lines or drastic lines are counterproductive. After each line attempt you will only get heavier. You go lines again and you end up in a downward spiral. The emergence of an eating disorder is lurking.
What is a healthy weight?
A guideline that is frequently used is BMI. This stands for Body Mass Index. It is good to realize that there is no such thing as an ‘ideal weight’. Regarding the outcome, it makes a difference whether you are a man or a woman. The BMI calculation (also called Quetelet Index (QI)) makes no distinction between fat mass and muscle mass. That can also cause a distorted image. Everybody is different. Therefore see your BMI score as a guideline.
These BMI tests apply to men and women from 20 years of age.
Calculate your BMI
Is your score slightly below or slightly above the indicated limit? This does not necessarily mean that you are underweight or overweight or that you have an eating problem or eating disorder. Do this BMI test again after a few months. Are there major fluctuations in the outcome? Then think about the possible causes. For example, a dietitian or specialized care provider can think along with you whether there is an eating problem or eating disorder. Maintain a healthy lifestyle and a healthy attitude to food. Then you are comfortable in that skin.